As pet cats sometimes like to roam, it can be difficult to tell if a cat is genuinely a stray. It is important to take steps to determine if a wandering cat has an owner, before contacting an animal rescue organisation.
To find out why is this so important, please view the download to the left of this page.
Check with your neighbours to ensure that the cat does not belong to them - they may recently have moved into the area.
Put up “found” cat posters in your area, for instance, in local shops and veterinary surgeries.
If the cat is friendly, put a paper collar on the cat with your details, asking any owner to call you. You can download a simple print friendly cut-out cat collar and instructions from the left of this page. If you get no response after a few days it is likely the cat is genuinely homeless.
Call the National RSPCA Helpline on 0300 1234 999, so they can check their lost and found register.
The cat may have had a microchip implanted, holding details of the owner. The RSPCA Bristol Animal Clinic, or any local veterinary surgeon, can scan animals for microchips.
If you live in the Bristol area and have taken these steps but not traced an owner, call the RSPCA Bristol Animal Clinic on 0117 9724567 to see if we can take the cat for rehoming. If we are full, we can give you contact numbers for other local animal rescue organisations.
Please note – we advise that you don't feed or invite the cat into your home unless you want to keep it.
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The Clinic is open Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
We are closed at all other times but there is a 24-hour veterinary emergency service.